From Thursday the 15th of October to Sunday the 18th, Scoil Mhuire will be showcasing their musical production of the timeless classic “Guys and Dolls”. This musical noted for some of its memorable songs such as “I’ve Never Been In Love Before” and “Sit Down Your Rocking The Boat”. It first premièred on Broadway in 1950, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser (Baby, its cold outside) and book by Abe burrows (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). The show managed to sweep up five Tony awards including best musical of 1951. Four years after a successful Broadway run, MGM decided to release a film adaptation with the familiar faces of Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra. The film adaptation won two golden globes in 1956.
Based in the streets of New York this Broadway classic tells the tale of heavy gambler Nathan Detroit (Aoíbhann De Burca Quinlivan) who has few options for the location of his big craps game. Needing $1,000 to pay a garage owner to host the game, Nathan bets Sky Masterson (Aoibhe King) that he won’t be able to get virtuous Sarah Brown (Muireann Haugh) out on a date. Despite some resistance, Sky negotiates a date with her in exchange for bringing people into her mission. Meanwhile, Nathan’s fiancée of 14 years, Adelaide (Fia McCabe), who is head dancer at the local hot box club, wants him to quit gambling and marry her.
Rehearsals for the schools production commenced on the 25th of August and have been in full swing ever since. The musical direction is led by Patricia Dooley, who does an excellent job ensuring everybody is in tune; resulting beautiful harmonies. Choreography is taught by the producer/director of the show, Peter Kennedy, who has previously worked on several productions within our school. Also, set design has begun in the Community Centre with Ms. Fahy and a number of generous volunteers. With all progress made in this production, from harmonies, to choreography and to set design this show looks like it’s going to be a dazzling success for Scoil Mhuire.
Article written by Kate Gilna TYA